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MONTESANO SOLDIER CHARGED

February 24, 2011

A Stryker brigade soldier from Montesano based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been convicted of assaulting a fellow soldier who had told of drug use in their platoon during a deployment to Afghanistan last year.

A military judge on Wednesday also convicted 26-year-old Spc. Adam Kelly in conspiring to harm the whistleblower, Spc. Justin Stoner. Kelly, of Montesano, was found not guilty of using drugs during the deployment and not guilty of trying to obstruct an Army investigation.

The judge sentenced Kelly to 60 days hard labor and discharged him from the Army.

Kelly acknowledged being one of six soldiers who assaulted Stoner in May.

Kelly is one of 12 soldiers in his platoon accused of misconduct while in Afghanistan. Five of them face charges that they killed three civilians during patrols.

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